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YMCA LANTERN SLIDES:
An Inventory


TABLE OF CONTENTS
Historical Sketch | Contents Summary/Organization | Administrative/Access Info | Contents Details | Other Finding Aids | Indexed Terms/Access Points


OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION

Creator: Kautz Family YMCA Archives.
Title: YMCA lantern slide collection,
Date: 1910s-1920s.
Collection Number: Y.USA.47
Abstract: Lantern slides and lantern slide shows or lectures compiled by the YMCA, for educational or entertainment use, depicting YMCA activities, mainly in the areas of international (foreign) work and armed services work during World War I.
Quantity: 1727 slides and 9 volumes (31 boxes).
Location: See Detailed Description section for box listing.


NOTE ON YMCA LANTERN SLIDES

Lantern slide technology was widely used by the YMCA and the various lecture departments of national and local YMCAs during the early decades of the 20th century. Using either gas or electric lamps, light was projected through a glass image and thrown on a wall or screen. These images allowed lectures to add illustrative and often dramatic images to their presentations. Many Americans working in foreign YMCAs used this technology to help bridge the language gap. This allowed the YMCA to bring its messages of health, agricultural, and cultural education to large audiences. The bulk of the lantern slides in the collection are of photographic images, however many of those are hand colored, and in other cases the entire image is painted on by hand.



SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

Lantern slides document YMCA international work, work with the armed services (during World War I, specifically), and other activities. The collection includes numerous sets compiled for lectures or scripted presentations that would have been used for educational or entertainment purposes. Of particular note are hand-painted slides made by German prisoners of war during World War I, sets used for public health campaigns in China (including a set used by YMCA secretary and medical missionary W. W. Peter to tell the story of "Brother Fat and Brother Lean"), an overview of YMCA history, and lectures on YMCA youth work in China, India, Latin America, and other parts of the world. Also notable are the many slides (over 270) depicting World War I, including ruins; fortifications; YMCA canteens, dugouts, and huts; and YMCA activities that were part of the organization's war effort. The collection also includes eight lantern slide guides with scripts for the lectures that would have been given as the slides were shown.

Slides are primarily black and white unless otherwise noted.



ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Use of Materials:
This collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright, ownership, and to obtain all the necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials.
Preferred Citation:
[Indicate the cited item and/or series here]. YMCA Lantern Slide Collection. Kautz Family YMCA Archives. University of Minnesota.
See the Chicago Manual of Style for additional examples.
Processing Information:
Processed by: Lara Friedman-Shedlov, June 2010.
Catalog Record ID number: 5707881
Alternative Formats Available:
A group of 133 of the World War I-related slides, including the 32 German prisoner of war slides (and the script that goes with 32 of them) have been digitized. An additional 350 or so slides of YMCA work in Asia (especially China) have also been digitized.


DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION

The following section contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection. To request materials, please note the corresponding box number.

Box 1 World War I: "Die Grosse Reise,"ca. 1914-1919. 32 slides.
A series of slides hand-painted entitled "Die Grosse Reise" (The Great Journey), by Adolf Ferd. Ulrich and Eduard Pechatchek depicting the experiences of German prisoners of war . A hand-written script (in German) for these slides is also available. Digitized versions of these slides are available (L2-L33).
World War I, ca. 1914-1919. 32 slides.
Slides depict the war and YMCA activities during the war, including huts, dugouts, and canteens, mainly in France and Flanders. There are a few slides of Palestine and Egypt. Digitized versions of these slides are available (L34-L65).
Box 2 World War I, ca. 1914-1919. 61 slides.
Slides depict the war and YMCA activities during the war, including huts, dugouts, and canteens, mainly in France and Flanders. There are a few slides of Egypt and Malta. Also includes the first eight in a set of sixteen slides grouped together as "Army Slide Show." These include quotes from U.S. presidents and military leaders on the YMCA's war work. Digitized versions of these slides are available (L66-L126).
Box 3 World War I, ca. 1914-1919. 8 slides.
The last eight in a set of sixteen slides grouped together as "Army Slide Show." Slides depict the war and YMCA activities during the war, including huts, dugouts, and canteens, mainly in France and Flanders, as well as quotes from U.S. presidents and military leaders on the YMCA's war work. Digitized versions of these slides are available (L127-L134).
Methodist Episcopal Church, China, ca. 1910-1920. 12 slides.
Slides depict Chinese people, and YMCA educational and relief activities in China.
Minneapolis YMCA slide show, ca. 1910-1920. 39 slides.
Slides compiled by the Minneapolis YMCA. They include some Minneapolis scenes, including the YMCA building, the Charles A. Pillsbury home, Loring Park and St. Mark's Episcopal Church, and the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. Many are slides of posters with slogans designed to promote hygiene, health, citizenship, and character development (digitized versions of several of these slides are available: L135-L139, L242-L243). Also included are more generic images, presumably meant to illustrate YMCA values and the breadth of YMCA work in the U.S. and abroad.
Box 4 Minneapolis YMCA slide show, ca. 1910-1920. 51 slides.
Slides compiled by the Minneapolis YMCA. They include some Minneapolis scenes, including the YMCA building, Loring Park and St. Mark's Episcopal Church, the Mississippi River, and the milling district. Many are slides of posters with slogans designed to promote hygiene, health, citizenship, and character development (digitized versions of several of these slides are available: L135-L139, L242-L243). Also included are more generic images, presumably meant to illustrate YMCA values and the breadth of YMCA work in the U.S. and abroad.
Box 5 China health campaign, ca. 1910-1920. 51 slides.
Slides compiled by W. W. Peter and used as part of the YMCA's public health work and education in China. Includes "Brother Fat, Brother Lean" slide show. Digitized versions of these slides are available (L140-L192).
Box 6 Chinese life / health campaign, ca. 1910-1920. 22 slides.
Slides related to the YMCA's public health work and education in China, as well as scenes of Chinese life. Digitized versions of some of these slides are available (L193-L210).
"Vacation slides," ca. 1910-1930. 44 slides.
Mostly unidentified outdoor scenes, some in Italy.
Box 7 Chinese life / health campaign, ca. 1910-1920. 30 slides.
Slides related to the YMCA's public health work and education in China, as well as scenes of Chinese life. Digitized versions of these slides are available (L211-L241).
Box 7 "Foreign boys," ca. 1910-1930. 30 slides.
Slides used for a lecture on YMCA work with boys around the world. Photographs depict boys in China, Korea, Chile, Egypt, Latvia, Japan, Mexico, Peru, India, Brazil, Switzerland, and the Philippines participating in various recreational activities and sports.
Box 8 "Foreign boys," ca. 1910-1930. 19 slides.
Slides used for a lecture on YMCA work with boys around the world. Photographs depict boys in China, Japan, Italy, Brazil, Rumania, Turkey, Peru, India, Sweden, and Switzerland, participating in various recreational activities and sports.
Australia, undated. 48 slides.
Mainly agricultural scenes and wildlife. Includes some shots in Sydney and Melbourne.
Box 9 Australia, undated. 26 slides.
Mainly agricultural scenes and wildlife. Includes some shots in Sydney and Melbourne.
Boys' camps, ca. 1910-1930. 36 slides.
Boys participating in various recreational activities at camps, mainly in the United States, but also includes some shots of boys' camps in Korea, China, Philippines and Cuba. U.S. camps include Camp Echo (operated by YMCA of Evanston, IL in Michigan), Tuxis Island (near Madison, Connecticut, operated by YMCA of New Haven), Camp Abnaki (North Hero Island, Lake Champlain, Vermont), and camps in Rochester, N.Y; Honolulu; Newark, N.J.; and Philadelphia.
Box 10 Boys' camps, ca. 1910-1930. 66 slides.
Boys participating in various recreational activities at camps, mainly in the United States, but also includes some shots of boys' camps in Chile, China, India, Japan, Mexico, and the Philippines. U.S. camps include Kamp Kiamesha (Newton, N.J.), Camp Ward (operated by the Des Moines YMCA in Lake Francis, Minnesota), and camps in Nashville; Chicago; Silver Bay, N.Y.; and Omaha, Nebraska
Box 11 Boys' camps, ca. 1900-1930. 20 slides.
Boys participating in various recreational activities at camps, mainly in the United States, but also includes some shots of boys' camps in Chile, China, Japan, and Mexico. U.S. camps include Camp Echo (operated by YMCA of Evanston, IL in Michigan), and camps in Cleveland, Ohio; Oregon; and Iowa.
Korea, ca. 1910-1930. 44 slides.
Slides related to the YMCA's educational and youth work in Korea, as well as scenes of Korean life. Digitized versions of these slides are available (L244-L287).
Box 12 Korea, ca. 1910-1930. 3 slides.
Slides related to the YMCA's educational and youth work in Korea, as well as scenes of Korean life. Digitized versions of these slides are available (L288-L290).
Japan, ca. 1910-1930. 25 slides.
Slides related to the YMCA's work in Japan, depicting scenes of Japanese youth, sports, and street scenes. Digitized versions of these slides are available (L291-L315).
China boys, ca. 1920-1928. 25 slides.
Slides used for a lecture on the YMCA's work with boys in China, depicting boys at work and recreational activities. A script for the lecture to go with these slides is available. Digitized versions of these slides are available (L316-L340).
Canton and miscellaneous China, ca. 1910-1930. 12 slides.
Slides related to the YMCA's work in China, depicting various YMCA youth activities and scenes in China. Digitized versions of these slides are available (L341-L352).
Box 13 Canton and miscellaneous China, ca. 1910-1930. 48 slides.
Slides related to the YMCA's work in China, depicting various YMCA youth activities and scenes in China. Digitized versions of these slides are available (L353-L401).
China, ca. 1910-1930. 18 slides.
Slides related to the YMCA's work in China, mainly depicting various outdoor scenes. Digitized versions of these slides are available (L402-L419).
Box 14 China, ca. 1910-1930. 36 slides.
Slides related to the YMCA's work in China, mainly depicting various outdoor scenes. Digitized versions of these slides are available (L420-L455).
Chinese life, ca. 1910-1930. 41 slides.
Slides related to the YMCA's work in China, mainly depicting various people and buildings. Digitized versions of these slides are available (L456-L486).
Box 15 Chinese life, ca. 1910-1930. 22 slides.
Slides related to the YMCA's work in China, mainly depicting various people and buildings.
Boys around the world, ca. 1920-1928. 44 slides.
Slides 1-44 (in color) of a set used for a lecture on the YMCA's work with boys around the world. A script for the lecture to go with these slides is available (labeled "Foreign Boys").
Box 16 Boys around the world, ca. 1900-1920. 6 slides.
Slides 45-50 (in color) of a set used for a lecture on the YMCA's work with boys around the world. A script for the lecture to go with these slides is available.
Boys of Europe, ca. 1900-1920. 50 slides.
Set of color slides used for a lecture on the YMCA's work with boys of various European countries.
Activities, undated. 5 slides.
Includes photos of conventions, classes, sports, and recreational activities.
Box 17 Activities, undated. 13 slides.
Includes photos of conventions, classes, sports, and recreational activities.
Buildings, undated. 47 slides.
Includes mainly exterior shots of YMCAs, schools and other buildings. Locations include New York, Boston, Milwaukee, Bury (Vermont), Princeton, San Juan, Baltimore, Dallas, and Brooklyn, but many are unidentified.
Box 18 Miscellaneous, undated. 15 slides.
Mainly group shots.
World War I, ca. 1914-1919. 50 slides.
Primarily scenes of war-related destruction/ruins and soldiers.
Box 19 World War I, ca. 1914-1919. 37 slides.
Primarily scenes of war-related destruction/ruins and soldiers.
Silvery Mohawk, undated. 32 slides.
Box 20 Lake Geneva, undated. 56 slides.
Facilities, classes, group shots and recreational activities at YMCA educational and conference center at Lake Geneva. Many of the slides are missing glass.
Box 21 Lake Geneva, undated. 52 slides.
Facilities, classes, group shots and recreational activities at YMCA educational and conference center at Lake Geneva.
People: Robert McBurney, undated. 1 slide.
Visual instruction, ca. 1915-1920. 12 slides.
Slides from the University of Texas Department of Visual Instruction depicting World War I-era scenes, possibly in Russia.
Box 22 Visual instruction, ca. 1915-1920. 45 slides.
Slides from the University of Texas Department of Visual Instruction depicting World War I-era scenes, possibly in Russia.
Box 23 South America, ca. 1910-1925. 50 slides.
Slides 1-50 (in color) of a set used for a lecture on the YMCA's work in South America. A script (labeled "Latin America") for the lecture to go with these slides is available.
Box 24 History of the YMCA, undated. 57 slides.
Partial set used for a lecture or presentation on the history of the YMCA, including its founding, early leaders, and spheres of work. Many slides consist mainly of text.
Box 25 India boys, ca. 1920-1928. 25 slides.
Slides 1-25 (in color) of a set used for a lecture on the YMCA's work in India. A script (labeled "Boys India") for the lecture to go with these slides is available.
Box 26 India boys, ca. 1920-1928. 25 slides.
Slides 1-25 (in color) of a set used for a lecture on the YMCA's work in India [second set]. A script for the lecture to go with these slides is available.
Box 27 India boys, ca. 1920-1928. 25 slides.
Slides 1-25 (in color) of a set used for a lecture on the YMCA's work in India [third set]. A script for the lecture to go with these slides is available.
Box 28 China, undated. 50 slides.
Slides 1-50 (in color) of a set used for a lecture on the YMCA's work in China.
Box 29 Europe, ca. 1920-1928. 39 slides.
Slides 1-50 (in color) of a set used for a lecture on the YMCA's work in China [missing slides 2, 8, 9, 14-16, 24-26, 33 and 44]. A script for the lecture to go with these slides is available.
Box 30 World War I in Iraq, ca. 1914-1919. 48 slides.
Military scenes and YMCA work with refugees in various cities around Iraq, including Basra, Baghdad, Amara, Baqubah, and Magil.
Miscellaneous India, undated. 4 slides.
Indian Army YMCA Centers in India, Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Palestine, ca. 1914-1919. 6 slides.
Part of a set of slides, mainly Egypt.
Miscellaneous World War I-related, ca. 1914-1919. 11 slides.
Mott lays cornerstone, Shanghai YMCA building, 1922. 1 slide.
World War I YMCA coffee / kitchen wagon, ca. 1914-1919. 1 slide.
Box 31 Lantern slide lecture guides, 1900-1929. 9 volumes.
Scripts for slide shows on various aspects of YMCA work. Includes scripts for lectures: "China Boys (1928)," "Japan," "Foreign Boys," "Europe (1928)," "Latin America" (1928), "Boys' India" (1928, 2 copies), "Physical Activities" (1929), and "The YMCA as a World Educational Force" (1929). Scripts include prints of the lantern slide photographs they correspond to (though many are missing). Corresponding lantern slides are available for all scripts except "Physical Activities," "The YMCA as a World Educational Force," and "Japan."
"Die Grosse Reise" script, ca. 1914-1919.
Handwritten script in German for slide show entitled "Die Grosse Reise" ("The Great Journey"), created by German prisoners of war, along with a hand-painted paper wrapper. A digitized versions of the script and the wrapper are are available (D209-D210).



OTHER FINDING AIDS

An item-level listing of most of the Asia-related slides is available (includes those slides that were digitized -- L140-L241, L244-L486).


INDEX TERMS

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Topics:
Boys.
Camps.
Prisoners of war.
Soldiers -- Recreation.
World War, 1914-1918 -- War work -- Young Men's Christian associations.
Young Men's Christian Associations -- Buildings.
Places:
Australia.
China.
Europe.
India.
Iraq.
Japan.
Korea.
Latin America.
Minneapolis (Minn.).
Organizations:
Young Men's Christian Associations of North America. International Committee.
Types of Documents:
Lantern slides.